From the Aspen Institute Community Dialogue on Healing the Racial Divide, which convenes a morning of discussions among St. Louis community activists and leaders.The Dialogue, created with the aid of Teach for America, St. Louis, is intended to bring together leaders from the fields of education, journalism, law enforcement, business and community organizing—groups that rarely have opportunities for collaborative dialogue—to have a candid exchange aimed at addressing the racial divide in St. Louis.
There are more sources of news and information available to the US public than ever before. In addition to local and national reporting, social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, also greatly influence the information shared with the public after incidents like the death of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Panelists will discuss how the modern media environment can positively and negatively affect the quality of information shared with the public during periods of racial conflict and unrest. Are there ways in which the media can work together with local communities to help heal the racial divide?
Panelists: Gilbert Bailon, Editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch DeRay Mckesson, Founder and Co-Editor, Ferguson Protestor Newsletter Don Marsh, Host, St. Louis Public Radio Suzanne Malveaux, National Correspondent, CNN (moderator)